Sunday, November 11, 2007

Lest we forget

Today is Rememberance Sunday in the UK and as such it is a time to remember those lost in conflicts past and present.

The person that I remember here is not someone I have met as he died longer before I was born. Indeed until this year, I had no idea of his extistence. I'm currently researching my pateral family tree and earlier in the year, I obtained my pateral Grandparents" marriage certificate. On getting the certificate, I discovered surprisingly that firstly they married in London (they were both Irish) and secondly that my grandmother's father had served in the army. My grandmother is sadly no longer around to ask and even when she was alive, she did not talk about her life other than the odd snippet so there is not anyone to ask about him.

So today this post is in memory of Private William Fitzpatrick of the Irish Fusilliers/1st Dorsetshire regiment who died July 5th 1915 around Ieper after only 3 months in the Army. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.


Anonymous said...

I love genealogy! Have you ever considered looking for your g-grandfather's grave? Mine also served in WW1 but in France. He thankfully returned home, albeit with a venereal disease. LOL.

stitcherw said...

Family history is so interesting, it's amazing what all you can learn about your families past when you start digging.

Piglottie said...

I think its so important that we do remember as it touches all of our lives especially in the freedom we now enjoy due to the sacrifices made, esp in the World Wars.

debijeanm said...

I'm just coming back to your blog after a busy time of my own and getting caught up. We, too, have "Veteran's Day" in the US. I was able to read a beautiful piece written by my principal thanking not only veterans, but today's soldiers and their families who sacrifice. (We live near a navy base and have a large number of children or siblings of military folk in our classes.) I only cried during the first reading.

I reading back through your posts I realize we have more in common than a passion for xstitch. I'm becoming a total Heroes fanatic (up to episode 13 in the first season set), and have done genealogy and family history for 25 years. I'll enjoy stopping in from time to time to read how you are enjoying our hobbies. Hugs.

PlainCatholic said...

Indeed, we honor Private Fitzpatrick as well. May God bless him and all his family.

Thank you for the remembrance of these important people who secured our freedoms.

Concetta said...

Just dropping by to wish you a Merry Christmas, Paula!

I miss your blog updates! :)